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Celebrating Apprenticeship Week with a brick donation to Sparsholt College Group’s Andover Campus

10 February 2023

Our South Coast region are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with a brick and material donation to Sparsholt College Group (SCG) Andover Campus. The construction students and apprentices based at the Technology and Future Skills Centre at Andover College will learn their trade with the latest materials being used by industry. Cllr Phil North, Leader of Test Valley Borough Council praised the collaboration between SCG’s Andover College and Persimmon Homes as the college aims to expand its existing facilities.

Our South Coast region recently celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 February) with a donation of bricks and construction materials to construction students at Sparsholt College Group’s, Andover Campus.

As a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer, the donation forms part of Persimmon’s broader commitment to developing the next generation of construction workers in the areas it is working. Apprentices and full-time students based at Andover College’s Technology and Future Skills centre will be able to learn their trade using the latest construction materials, aiding their journey into the world of work.

With the cost of construction materials soaring, the donation will also help the college invest more money into its students. In getting ready to deliver new T Level qualifications starting this September, Andover College has incredibly ambitious plans to expand its existing construction facilities. The college is planning an investment of over £2 million over the next few months, thanks to support from the Department for Education and Test Valley Borough Council.

Suzanne Grant, Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive at Sparsholt College Group said “we’re extremely grateful to Persimmon for their generosity and support. Our partnerships with employers are incredibly strong and this donation embodies that spirit of collaboration.

 “The bricks and materials provided by Persimmon will make a real difference to our bricklaying and construction students. The combination of these partnerships, and our high quality teaching, is why Andover College is so successful in helping students find a job in their chosen career.” 

 Sharon Eckford, Land & Planning Director at Persimmon South Coast added “We’re delighted to be able to support Andover College with this donation and help inspire the next generation of apprentices and construction students. The skills and training provided by the college is excellent and we’re very much looking forward to working with them on their ambitious plans to make Andover College even better.”

 Cllr Phil North, Leader of Test Valley Borough Council commented “I was pleased to join Persimmon Homes for their brick donation to Andover College during National Apprenticeships Week and meet students learning their trade.  The college does a brilliant job in educating the next generation of construction workers and with the exciting £2m expansion plans, including a £240k contribution that Test Valley have unlocked from the government's Shared Prosperity Fund, I am certain the college will be able to do even more for young people.”

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